Visiting Milan design week 2016 with Marc Bolan

A final set of pics from Milan design week: this time, paired with T Rex’s beautifully absurd lyrics by GIANLUIGI RICUPERATI.

The week of Salone Del Mobile.Milano is done. It’s time for isolation and memories, and there’s nothing better than an old T.Rex song, one of the peaks in Marc Bolan’s eternal quest for the perfect pitch of epic sexy: “Mambo Sun“.

I paired up a stanza (or two verses) of these beautifully absurdist lyrics with a selection of fun pictures from various corners of the Salone.

Salone Mambo, to be read and heard out loud, in sequence.

Get it on!

Beneath the bebop moon / I want to croon with you

The organizer of Belgrade Design Week (and fiancé of the co-organizer) rallying against conflict of interest in the design world and the incestuousity of ambitions all over

The organizer of Belgrade Design Week (and fiancé of the co-organizer) rallying against conflict of interest in the design world and the incestuousity of ambitions all over

Beneath the Mambo Sun / I got to be the one with you

Gillo Dorfles, who just turned 106 (!), alive and kicking, accompanied by the maestro Stefano Boeri. The former calls the latter's wooden pavillon at Statale University il Regno Del Legno" (the Kingdom of Wood).

Gillo Dorfles, who just turned 106 (!), alive and kicking, accompanied by the maestro Stefano Boeri. The former calls the latter’s wooden pavillon at Statale University il Regno Del Legno” (the Kingdom of Wood).

My life’s a shadowless horse / If I can’t get across to you

Piergiorgio Robino, aka Nucleo, one of the smartest experimentors in 'functional art', aka 'art-design', standing here in a biblical pose.

Piergiorgio Robino, aka Nucleo, one of the smartest experimentors in ‘functional art’, aka ‘art-design’, standing here in a biblical pose.

In the alligator rain / My heart’s all pain for you

This year's unusually sunny design week brought just one glimpse of rain shower, partially redeemed by a purple orchestra of visual effects on the Nike pad,

This year’s unusually sunny design week brought just one glimpse of rain shower, partially redeemed by a purple orchestra of visual effects on the Nike pad.

Girl you’re good / And I’ve got wild knees for you / On a mountain range / I’m Dr. Strange for you

(fiat heir Lapo Elkann pairs up with Kartell for just another collaboration aimed to turn on the lights )

(fiat heir Lapo Elkann pairs up with Kartell for another collaboration aimed to turn on the lights )

Upon a savage lake / Make no mistake I love you / I got a powder-keg leg / And my wig’s all pooped for you

The beautiful Knoll installation, by OMA in collaboration with Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis.

The making of the beautiful Knoll installation, by OMA in collaboration with Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis.

With my heart in my hand / I’m a hungry man for you / I got stars in my beard / And I feel real weird for you

Artists' hands at work at the Tag Hauer Pavillon.

Artists’ hands at work at the Tag Hauer Pavillon.

Beneath the bebop moon / I’m howling like a loon for you / Beneath the mumbo sun / I’ve got to be the one for you

Visitors reflecting on two of the extraordinary Lucio Fontana-esque mirrors designed by Ron Gilad for Cassina.

Visitors reflecting on two of the extraordinary Lucio Fontana-esque mirrors designed by Ron Gilad for Cassina.

Gianluigi Ricuperati is an author and the creative director of Domus Academy. He discussed the self-driving car in 032c Issue 28, and earlier sent us a piece of visual reportage on the first day of design week, and a set of books of which the week reminded him.

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